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Historic Preservation : Finding Books

GILFind - Search our local catalog for books, dvds, etc.

GILFind (

  • Keyword Searching - Choose a keyword search to combine words and narrow your results
  • Truncation: Add a * to the end of a root word to find multipe endings. Example:pollut* will find pollution and pollutes.
  • Nest your synonyms to find variations on a phrase. See example below. 

  • To find DVDs, do a keyword search and add DVD as Keyword Anywhere. Or you can search for a particular title to see what we have. Check out DVDs from the Media Department desk in the Main Library Basement. Check their hours to make sure they are open when you come.
  • We don't have it or the book you want is checked out? Try the GILFind Universal catalog to locate a copy in another USG library and borrow for free through GILExpress! 
  • Get the GALILEO password, renew your books online, or check your GILExpress status all in Your Account

Search the GILFind catalog below. Note: Using this feature feature will take you away from the subject guide. 


The WorldCat database is the world's most comprehensive bibliography with bibliographic records representing information spanning 4,000 years of knowledge. Search this database to discover books, archival materials, films, and more from libraries all over the world. Click on the  button to link to local holdings. If we do not have the item you need, try borrowing it through Interlibrary Loan.

Finding Dissertations

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (University of Georgia) - Search for dissertations and theses completed at UGA since 1999; some are available in full text.

Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations and Theses) - Search US dissertations back to the 19th century. Abstracts are available from about 1980 on. Many include a 25-page full text preview. 

WorldCat Dissertations and Theses includes all dissertations, theses and published material based on theses cataloged by OCLC members, including all subjects. Links to openly available electronic copies are provided when available. There are currently over 5 million records for dissertations and theses in WorldCat, including more than 7500 available in full text online. Use the Libraries Worldwide link to determine which libraries include the dissertation or thesis in their holdings.

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